by Ralph Waldo Emerson
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.
The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled
On this day, April 19th, in 1775, the first shots of the American Revolution were fired in the Battles of Concord and Lexington. A monument was raised in July 4, 1837 to commemorate the battles and Emerson crafted this dedication.